Monday, December 31, 2012

Steamed Lemon-Pepper Broccoli

I like really simple side dishes, as you already know. A good side dish should compliment the entree instead of competing with it. This is a simple dish of steamed broccoli, seasoned with a bit of lemon-pepper seasoning. Since it's prepared in the microwave, you don't have to worry about dirtying up a pot or pan, or finding room in the oven or a free eye on the stovetop. 

Steaming locks in a lot of the nutrients that would otherwise be lost through cooking, and keeps the broccoli crisp-tender, but not woody or tough. If you don't like lemon-pepper seasoning, feel free to use something different, like simple salt & pepper, or even garlic powder!

Steamed Lemon-Pepper Broccoli

1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
Lemon-Pepper seasoning

Rinse the broccoli and shake dry. Place the broccoli in a microwave-safe dish.

Add a few tablespoons of water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave about 5 minutes or until you can smell the broccoli (seriously, this is the best way to know when they're done).

Remove from the microwave and CAREFULLY remove the plastic wrap - there will be a lot of trapped steam in there, so you don't want to get burned!

Sprinkle with lemon-pepper seasoning and toss to combine. Serve immediately!

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